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Poster: c-freedom Date: Jun 15, 2014 6:14am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: A Sunday Song- Stagger Lee

Might be the opposite of a Sunday Song:

Grateful Dead - Stagger Lee - 12/31/78
- Winterland (OFFICIAL)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7aUkg2ZzTLw
MUSIC VAULT!!!

What caught my attention for 'the Sunday Song' about this tune was the reference to the hymn 'Nearer my God to Thee'
As far as I can tell that reference is unique to the Grateful Dead version.
The hymn gained notoriety as the tune the orchestra on the Titanic chose to play as the ship was going down.

Lyrics to Nearer My God to Thee:
http://www.surfinthespirit.com/music/nearer2.html

Here are some other versions of this tune with the Taj Mahal version being my favorite although the Mississippi John Hurt connects well with the Dead's version. And the live Wilson Picket is wild.

STAGGER LEE (1969) by Taj Mahal
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NAPF42aAXSM

Mississippi John Hurt - The Ballad Of Stagger Lee
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4scedJs6hC8

stagger lee - wilson picket (live)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zuUVkP9D-w

The Clash - Wrong'em Boyo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=redRTSunpJQ

Anyway Stagger Lee was never on my wish list radar when going to shows yet it might just be the Head in me but I think The Grateful Dead version really holds its own.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Jun 15, 2014 8:20pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: A Sunday Song- Stagger Lee

A modern take - almost 20 years now.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lneSAju-Xtc

Seeing him twice at the warfield in july - yet again.

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Poster: c-freedom Date: Jun 16, 2014 2:42am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: A Sunday Song- Stagger Lee

Well, BD that was over the top intense.
I wonder what rating Tipper Gore
would stick on that?

This is more my speed--

Professor Longhair -- Stagger Lee
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rk2O-8ZOWs

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Jun 16, 2014 8:38am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: A Sunday Song- Stagger Lee

More fun...
http://www.planetslade.com/stagger-lee.html

guide to 316 versions of the tune:

http://www.stackolee.net/

This might be my favorite - have it on a Mojo Uncut CD compiled by Mick Jones & Paul Simonon (the version they covered/co-opted).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c174S63tWRg&;feature=kp

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Poster: c-freedom Date: Jun 16, 2014 12:58pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: A Sunday Song- Stagger Lee

Excellent paper written about Robert Hunter and the song:
http://www.lungstruck.com/music/stagger-lee/

No research complete without David Dodd
http://artsites.ucsc.edu/GDead/AGDL/stagger.html

Lloyd Price - Stagger Lee
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCPutYaGFlE